A VERY well received exhibit continues to be on view at the Hiraya Gallery titled Exaltation—a collection of recent works by the artist Sofronio Mendoza, better known as SYM. The show opened on the artist’s birthday on March 11 and continues to draw art enthusiasts to what can be described in the simplest way as a truly colorful show.
SYM is the founder of a school of artists known as the Dimasalang Group. Born of humble folk in the island of Cebu, he pursued his love for painting in the proletarian districts of post-war Manila, eking out a living by taking whatever painting jobs came his way, such as commercial signs and billboards. He sold his paintings in the popular art shops along Mabini Street in the Ermita district of Manila.
SYM bagged the first prize in an On-the spot Painting Competition sponsored by Shell Oil Company in 1967 and quickly established himself as a figurative painter. In 1981, he migrated to Vancouver, Canada. SYM has since moved away from his highly figurative works strongly influenced by the French Impressionists, to a fragmented form that Vicente Manansala referred to as “Transparent Cubism.” In 2014, he held a successful exhibition in his native Cebu.
Exaltation runs until March 31. The Hiraya Gallery is located at 530 U.N. Avenue, Ermita Manila. For more information, call 523-3331, email email@example.com or visit our website www.hiraya.com.